MADIHA SIRAJ BLACK KINGDOM

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Madiha Siraj is a Pakistani-Muslim-American artist from Southern California well known for her large-scale installations and polymer clay sculptural work. Her installation "Oyster EB-12" was displayed at the Craft Forward Symposium in San Francisco in 2011, and her work has been featured in publications including Design Milk and Hi-Fructose Magazine. At the University of California, San Diego Madiha studied under Kim MacConnel, a prominent pattern and decoration movement artist who utilized non-traditional materials and bright colors in contrast with minimalists of the time. The tactile, handmade quality of his work greatly influenced Siraj's practice. "Oyster EB-12" is Siraj's attempt at creating patterns with everyday materials like paint swatches. The artist reverses the mundanity of these objects by creating a space-altering environment, allowing the viewer to enter a pixelated reality.

Siraj's exploration of her culture led to her use of Islamic geometric patterns in her mixed-media paintings. In Islamic art, shapes are repeated to represent the perfection of the universe and God's design. By using these patterns, artists mimic the perfection of God's universe but ultimately fall short due to human error. This concept inspired Siraj to celebrate the inevitable imperfections that appear in her work. After marrying her husband, Siraj relocated from California to the East Coast and had the opportunity to explore New York City's rich art history and vibrant contemporary art scene.

Siraj's latest series of works are sculptural. Many of her pieces are created using polymer clay, a widely-available crafting material. Instead of directly referencing Islamic geometric patterns, Siraj's recent sculptural works are looser; they reflect on her love of bright colors and tactile patterns but are presented as a playful experience, allowing the audience more room for interpretation.
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Madiha Siraj is a Pakistani-Muslim-American artist from Southern California well known for her large-scale installations and polymer clay sculptural work. Her installation "Oyster EB-12" was displayed at the Craft Forward Symposium in San Francisco in 2011, and her work has been featured in publications including Design Milk and Hi-Fructose Magazine. At the University of California, San Diego Madiha studied under Kim MacConnel, a prominent pattern and decoration movement artist who utilized non-traditional materials and bright colors in contrast with minimalists of the time. The tactile, handmade quality of his work greatly influenced Siraj's practice. "Oyster EB-12" is Siraj's attempt at creating patterns with everyday materials like paint swatches. The artist reverses the mundanity of these objects by creating a space-altering environment, allowing the viewer to enter a pixelated reality.

Siraj's exploration of her culture led to her use of Islamic geometric patterns in her mixed-media paintings. In Islamic art, shapes are repeated to represent the perfection of the universe and God's design. By using these patterns, artists mimic the perfection of God's universe but ultimately fall short due to human error. This concept inspired Siraj to celebrate the inevitable imperfections that appear in her work. After marrying her husband, Siraj relocated from California to the East Coast and had the opportunity to explore New York City's rich art history and vibrant contemporary art scene.

Siraj's latest series of works are sculptural. Many of her pieces are created using polymer clay, a widely-available crafting material. Instead of directly referencing Islamic geometric patterns, Siraj's recent sculptural works are looser; they reflect on her love of bright colors and tactile patterns but are presented as a playful experience, allowing the audience more room for interpretation.